Medicaid is a health insurance program that provides free or very low-cost health coverage for low-income individuals and families. As part of the health care law, states have the option to provide Medicaid coverage to most individuals with incomes below $16,395. Individuals who do not qualify for Medicaid solely because their state did not expand coverage are exempt from the requirement to have health insurance.
Most Planned Parenthood health centers accept Medicaid. And if you sign-up for Medicaid, you can come to Planned Parenthood for birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and well-woman visits -- covered for free, without a copay -- even if Planned Parenthood is not included as an in-network provider in your Medicaid plan.
Additionally, some states offer Medicaid family planning-only coverage in addition to regular Medicaid coverage. It is important to note that this coverage is limited to family planning services like birth control and related services (which you can obtain at Planned Parenthood health centers) and are not comprehensive health plans. To find out if your state offers this coverage, click here.